Our innovative and creative approach to massage helps relieve physical discomfort, emotional stress and enhance structural alignment within the body, reframing it towards balance and ease.
Our therapists specialize in understanding how muscular and energetic restrictions affect the functions of the body, and we work to decrease pain and increase mobility and movement.
On an emotional level, massage works to calm the nervous system and stimulate the natural healing mechanisms in the body. Our therapists not only provide the structural, hands-on massage and manual therapies, we also educate and guide clients about how to actively stretch and maneuver one’s body in ways that increase flexibility, support, and fluidity with movement.
Most importantly, we individualize each massage session to meet the unique needs and desires of the client.
Thai massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure and gentle pressure on different meridians and energy lines of the body. Thai massage includes assisted yoga-like long, lean muscle stretching. The combination provides muscle tension and energy release that helps the body feel elongated and released.
Thai massage is an ancient therapy, dating back over 2,500 years. Its origin is said to have come from India, during the time of the Buddha. The physician to the Buddha, Shivago Komarpaj, is said to have created the Thai massage. As Buddhism slowly started to make its way to Thailand, the massage technique came with it. Thai traditional massages were, and still are, used in conjunction with other traditional medicines.
Sports massage helps prevent injury and heals existing discomforts and injuries. Sports massage helps to alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, and response time. By reducing fatigue and relieving muscle swelling and tension, you the athlete will have an increase in strength, flexibility, mobility, and endurance. At AOH our highly trained sports massage therapists understand how to manipulate muscles and muscle tissues to improve your performance.
One of the most common setbacks for athletes is delayed-onset muscle soreness, more commonly known as DOMS. This refers to muscle pain that typically develops several hours post-exercise and consists of predominantly eccentric muscle actions—especially if the exercise is unfamiliar. Sports Massage can reduce this through the improved blood flow and increased lymphatic system circulation that assists in the removal of metabolites and other toxins. Sports massage should be applied before and after athletic events, with scheduled maintenance sessions. This therapy also helps get the athlete in a good mental state for competition and prepares them to reach their athletic performance potential. Post-event sports massage is given following an athletic event and is mainly focused upon recovery.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In the Japanese language, shiatsu means “finger pressure.” Shiatsu techniques include massages using the fingers, thumbs, feet, and palms. Shiatsu is assisted stretching and joint manipulation and mobilization.
Because Shiatsu massage relies so heavily on touch and acupressure, persons living with blindness in Japan often specialized in Shiatsu, and for centuries they made Shiatsu massage their livelihood. When allied forces occupied WWII Japan, Shiatsu massage as well as many other traditional eastern medical practices were banned. Eventually the ban was lifted and primarily due to the urging of blind advocate and civil rights activist Helen Keller.
This massage technique is an approach to soft tissue manual therapy in which pressure is applied to tissues in order to stimulate the musculoskeletal system. This helps to release low back pain, carpal tunnel symptoms, sciatica, headaches, plantar fasciitis, and jaw pain.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy uses various degrees of pressure to release chronic muscle tension. It focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia – the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints. AOH Deep Tissue Massage Therapists are highly skilled massage therapists that know how to adjust pressure, manipulate tissues on top of your muscles, and release newly formed knots to address soreness and pain.
A 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate, while at the same time, boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Probably the best-known type of massage performed today. The primary goal of Swedish Massage is one of relaxing the entire body. We accomplish this by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. In addition to relaxation Swedish Massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Gentle, manual massage that releases the myofascial tissue. A normal myofascial should feel pliable and elastic. The treatment targets areas that feel rigid, manual pressure is applied to aid the tissue in releasing pressure and tightness.
This technique helps to restore the natural alignment of the bones and ease muscle tension with very gentle movements. This therapy can help reduce overall stress levels, ease neck and back pain, and provide migraine headache relief.
Medical massage is a collaborative effort between massage, stretching, manual and movement therapy – all targeted to evaluate and treat the presenting issues in the body.
This individualized treatment approach is the most efficient, effective, and attentive healing method to decrease and eliminate pain, illness, or injury.
Signature Medical Massage
A combination of medical massage and acupuncture is used to manage acute pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, relieve nerve compression, improve digestion, increase flexibility and range of motion.